USC Dean of Engineering Yannis Yortsis describes this new MOOC: “It is global engineering education in a classroom to which access is enabled through technology.”
The iPodia Alliance, which is a global partnership between the engineering schools at USC, Peking University, National Taiwan University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, India Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Technion Israel Institute of Technology and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. In this alliance, the respective universities contribute students, instructors and course material. Interactivity, teams of peers, no exchange of funds or tuition and fees (hence no financial motive), and modern pedagogy make iPodia different than other, current experiments in distance learning, such as MOOC (Massive On-Line Open Courseware) or the EdX initiative. The attached report provides iPodia.viterbi.usc a brief explanation of the program.